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Public Administration

Are you a busy, public professional?  Interested in improving your leadership abilities? Looking to better understand human resources, budgets, and finance? Improve your performance and career opportunities with a Master's in Public Administration!

Why a Master's in Public Administration? A degree or classes in public administration develops the skills and techniques required by public leaders and managers. The Master's of Public Administration degree at UAS is perfect for working professionals that seek training to improve their work performance and advance in their career. E-Learning classes are offered online in the evening to better fit the working student's schedule.


Students with their Master of Public Administration degree work in varied public sector departments and fields.  You’ll find our graduates working across Alaska as school principals, state troopers, public radio program directors, city managers, and executive directors.

Want to learn more? Check out our programs and classes below, request more information, or even apply for admission today!

Public Administration Program Sheet



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Master's of Public Administration

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours36
Major Requirements27
Concentration Requirements9

Major Requirements

PADMS601Introduction to Public Administration3
PADMS604Research Methods in Administration3
PADMS610Organization Theory and Behavior3
PADMS618Law for Public Managers3
PADMS625Economics and Public Policy3
PADMS628Public Financial Management3
PADMS624Human Resources Administration3
PADMS688Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement3
PADMS690Public Administration Capstone*3
______Advisor-approved electives9

Master of Public Administration Concentrations

M.P.A. students have the option to use their electives to establish a concentration in Natural Resource Policy or Rural Development.

Concentration in Natural Resource Policy

The Natural Resource Policy concentration addresses the need and strong demand for professional management training in Alaskan natural resources and environmental management issues. Alaska with it abundance of natural resources and concomitant management issues are uniquely Alaskan as addressed in the State Constitution need unique management solutions which this concentration provides. This program also supports and builds upon UAS’s strong undergraduate natural science and in particular the Environmental Studies program.

Select three from the following (9 credits):

PADMS635Natural Resource Policy3
PADMS637Local and Global Sustainability3
PADMS638Sustainable Energy and Environment3
PADMS639Adaptive Management3
___S___Advisor-approved course3

Concentration in Rural Development

The Rural Development concentration has a special focus on needs of indigenous and other rural communities, including management of tribal governments, community organizations, and indigenous-controlled profit and non-profit corporations. Coursework for this concentration is offered by e-Learning technologies through the Rural Development program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

RDF601Political Economy of the Circumpolar North3
RDF651Management Strategies for Rural Development3
______Advisor-approved course*3
* To be selected in consultation with the UAF Rural Development Advisor and M.P.A. Program Director.

UAS is an open enrollment institution, this means that you do not have to be in a UAS degree program to take a class. Anyone can take our classes as long as they meet the course pre-requisites.

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PADM Classes: Summer - 2016


Introduction to the field of public administration, dealing with the scope, nature, history, current context, and basic tools in the study of public administration. Topics include the social, economic, and political environments of public administration, bureaucratic politics, power and authority, law, ethics, basic models, and comparative administration. This gateway course for the M.P.A. program provides an introduction to graduate studies, library research skills, and a focus on written and oral communication skills.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
51237JD1Kathlene Dilorenzo
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:45p
5/16 - 8/6

Section requirement: Department approval required to register. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet, and microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information and permission to enroll, call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

Presents organization theory and builds practical management skills. Develops a working understanding of how organizational structure and environment relate to the success of an organization, and improves skills critical to leading, managing, and working in an organization, including leadership, individual and group decision-making, personal and group communication, motivation and fostering creativity, and conflict resolution.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
51733JD1Gail Cheney
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
6:00p - 8:45p
5/16 - 8/6

Section requirement: Department approval required to register. Requires access to a computer with Internet, and microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information and permission to enroll, call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

Legal guidelines for adoption, implementation, and adjudication of public agency regulations at federal, state, and local levels. Legislative, executive, and judicial controls on agencies, and the political environment of regulatory action.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
52622JD1Kathlene Dilorenzo
DISTELIVE
Monday
6:00p - 8:45p
5/16 - 8/6

Section requirement: Department approval required to register. Requires access to a computer with Internet, and microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information and permission to enroll, call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

Explores the foundations of energy from a physical viewpoint of ecosystems structure and function, and of energy networks. Human civilization is treated throughout as a complex adaptive system that evolves over time and adjusts to conditions. Examines the energy basis for human society and sustainability, including aspects of economics and sociology.

Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing, or admission to the M.P.A. program.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
51734JD1Ivan Show
DISTELIVE
Thursday
6:00p - 8:45p
5/16 - 8/6

Section requirements: Department approval required to register Requires access to a computer with Internet, and microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information and permission to enroll, call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

Examination of selected topics pertinent to public administration. Course may be repeated, provided course content differs.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
51242JD3Peggy Weaver
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:45p
5/16 - 8/6

Section requirement: Department approval required to register. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet, e-mail, microphone and audio. Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information, and edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information and permission to enroll, call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free. Provides an introduction to the legal framework of federal, state and local laws that govern public sector employment. Through exploration of current workplace issues in relation to the appropriate legal guidelines, students will gain an understanding of the relevant legal parameters of employment issues in public sector and private no-profit agencies.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

Examination of selected topics pertinent to public administration. Course may be repeated, provided course content differs.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
51241JD2Peggy Weaver
DISTELIVE
Monday
6:00p - 8:45p
5/16 - 8/6

Section requirement: Department approval required to register. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet, and microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information and permission to enroll, call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free. Explores ethical issues in public administration through an examination of the philosophical foundations of Western ethics, and professional codes of ethics. Through exploration of contemporary case studies in ethical issues such as outside employment or economic interests, gift-giving, and nepotism, students will gain an understanding of the application and impact of practical ethics in administrative decision-making and will be able to identify primary sources of ethical theory, apply appropriate theory to specific ethical problems, and to differentiate between facts, influences and assumptions in reaching their conclusions.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

Examination of selected topics pertinent to public administration. Course may be repeated, provided course content differs.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
51735JD1Meredith Hundley
DISTELIVE
Thursday
6:00p - 8:45p
5/16 - 8/6

Section requirement: Department approval required to register. Requires access to a computer with Internet, and microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information and permission to enroll, call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free. This course will investigate the changing landscape of higher education over the last 15 years emphasizing the influences of and on higher education funding and cost. Students will explore some of the diverse ways that American states have approached funding higher education. Topics examined over the course of the semester will include evaluating the public value of higher education, government funding and control, the rising costs associated with a college education, and the current student loan crisis.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

Final course in the M.P.A. curriculum. Students review, synthesize and apply concepts and methods learned during the degree program to the evaluation of a public or nonprofit organization. Intended as a program review and assessment tool.

Prerequisite: Completion of all other M.P.A. requirements.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
51243JD1Kathlene Dilorenzo
DISTWEB
5/16 - 8/6

Section requirement: Department approval required to register. The course will have individual web meeting sessions to be arranged with the instructor. Requires access to a computer with Internet, and microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information and permission to enroll, call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1320 (additional charges may apply)

 
 

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